Sunday, August 16, 2015

From the Stray Thought Bin: Like Mayflies

We fool ourselves that everything will stay the same, the way things 'are', 

When in reality every thing is eternally changing, developing, emerging—including you—in this creative universe we live in and are a part of—not apart from. 

And we, we are like mayflies—here in a day and gone in a day before we know it.
The Brief Lusty Life of the Mayfly

Ephemeral tiny waves of frothy consciousness in the vast ocean Sat-Chit-Ananda.

Or somehow riding on the waves.

And, if so, who am 'I' the rider? 

I don't know.

But I do know there is a wonder in being alive and conscious, a sense of the mystery I belong to—a
nd it belongs to me.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

What Do I Like Best About Korzybski: A Biography?

A Brazilian correspondent contacted me through the message board of my page and asked:
Q: About your book, Korzybski: A Biography, what do you like best about it??? 

V. S. 

A: What I like best about my biography of Korzybski? Hard to pick just one aspect. For one thing, my wife and I and only a few other people are in Korzybski's direct lineage of student-practitioners. There has been much dilution and distortion of his teachings and I did my best to present those teachings in their fullness and with the widest context I could. GS is not actually focused on language as many people think, but is more concerned with human reaction/evaluation and primarily the study of self. I wanted to do honor to my teachers—and the great teacher Alfred —and I believe I did that without making him into a saint. He was a great man but a man for all that and he had foibles and flaws as we all do. I feel I represented his life in the best way possible.

As well, I'm proud of the book, not only as a documentation of Korzybski's work and how it developed but also as a lively and interesting narrative. With that book, I came of age as a writer.